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NOTE: I’m resharing this article from Feb 10, 2020. That was a whirlwind of a crazy year, right?! Here’s my tips for saving money for the year ahead and getting ready for the new year…
We may have only just gotten over the festivities of Christmas but the organised amongst us are already getting prepared for Christmas 2020, and you could too. I just now finally put the last Christmas tree in the attic literally yesterday but have already started preparing for Christmas 2020! The more organised you are ahead of December, the more time you have to enjoy the festive season and the less stress you will feel. You may even notice that spreading the cost and seeking out the bargains will help you to actually spend less not more with frantic purchasing. Interested?
Here is how you can start preparing for Christmas now.
Start working on the family traditions
When it comes to Christmas, one of the biggest elements of the season is the family time you get. Children can often be at the heart of the big day, and so you may have developed a few different family traditions. You can start preparing for these right now to help minimise stress. A big tradition at the minute is Elf on the shelf. You could print off elf on the shelf letters now ahead of the big day, or use some of them throughout the year to keep the magic alive. You can also start to plan the mischief ahead so there is no panic. Other traditions you can start collecting for are things like December and Christmas Eve boxes. The more you do across the year, the better you will feel.
Make the most of bargains
Another thing you can do when preparing for Christmas early is make the most of the bargains. You may have already been buying the gift wrap or decorations, but even in February you will find that many stores still have surplus Christmas stock and are even offering further reductions. This is my favorite time to purchase gift wrapping and stocking stuffers. Some of the gift wrapping can be used for birthdays as it is not necessarily Christmas themed but solid colors. Stock up now and you could be saving a fortune. You could also look at picking up some presents now in the sales. Again this can help you to spread the cost and not pay overboard for some of the pricier items.
Buy gifts throughout the year
Many families and savvy individuals start to buy the gifts they plan on giving throughout the year. It can help you to spread the cost rather than having to fork out for everything in the month of December. Plus, shopping during the entire year can help you capture the best price for the item you want to give. Doing this can also take the strain off January, where most people dread the credit bills coming in. Buying gifts can also help you to be more organised, so that you don’t over indulge on the big day.
Put in your calendar when to book certain events
Finally, there are events throughout December that can make your Christmas magical. These include special trips for things like Lapland, or even enjoying Santa visits. However, some of these things get booked up really quickly if you are not careful or leave things last minute. Being organised can help. So you may want to put in your calendar when you know that certain events and tickets will go on sale. It can save a lot of heartache and stress in December knowing it is all organised and paid for.
Let’s hope these tips help you when it comes to preparing for Christmas starting right now to save you from all the holiday stress later.